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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

Doppelgänger (original title)
The European Space Exploration Council sends two astronauts to explore a planet similar to the Earth but located on the opposite side of the sun.

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Robert Parrish

Writers:

Gerry Anderson (story), Sylvia Anderson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Thinnes ... Colonel Glenn Ross
Ian Hendry ... John Kane
Patrick Wymark ... Jason Webb
Lynn Loring ... Sharon Ross
Loni von Friedl ... Lisa Hartmann
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Paulo Landi (as Franco Derosa)
George Sewell ... Mark Neuman
Ed Bishop ... David Poulson (as Edward Bishop)
Philip Madoc ... Dr. Pontini
Vladek Sheybal ... Psychiatrist
George Mikell George Mikell ... Captain Ross
Herbert Lom ... Doctor Hassler
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Storyline

A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane via spaceship to explore the other planet. After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Man has conquered the moon with the epic Apollo 11 flight! Now take another momentous journey! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal See more »

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Production Co:

Century 21 Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Jason Webb's first is seen, in the video briefing room, there's a shot of the NASA liaison, however, even though NASA is an acronym for National Air and Space Administration, it never was written with full-stops after each letter, i.e; N.A.S.A. See more »

Quotes

Jason Webb: When are you going to nail him?
Mark Neuman: That depends on how much rope we give him,
Jason Webb: Lisa! This access restriction, it must be widened.
Lisa Hartmann: To whom?
Jason Webb: Hassler, Doctor Hassler!
Mark Neuman: You're serving up information on a plate. To our prime suspect.
Jason Webb: That's my responsibility. Your responsibility is this! IF he shows his hand, I don't want an arrest. Understood?
Mark Neuman: Understood.
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Alternate Versions

US prints give Roy Thinnes top billing over Ian Hendry, perhaps due to Thinnes being known for his TV series "Invaders, The." See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Undiscovered Sci-Fi Gem
30 January 2002 | by virek213See all my reviews

What if there were a parallel world to Earth's always hidden from us on the other side of the Sun?

This is the question that astronauts Roy Thinnes and Ian Hendry ask themselves when they discover a parallel world of Earth always hidden on the far side of the sun in this 1969 cult science fiction melodrama, released here in America as JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN. The plot of the film was devised by British writers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the creators of such TV shows as "UFO", "The Thunderbirds" and "Space 1999". It is exceedingly weird at times, betraying the influence of "The Twilight Zone" and even Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The visual effects work of Derek Meddings, who would also later work on SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, holds up surprisingly well under the last four and a half decades of special effects advancements (including CGI); and while they are not really on the same exalted level of the Kubrick film, they are very superb. If you don't anticipate a STAR WARS-type of a film and can overcome the occasionally trite dialogue, DOPPELGANGER is a good film; it was good enough for me to rank it a '7' and consider it an undiscovered sci-fi gem.


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